Gunnery in 1858: being a treatise on rifles, cannon, and sporting arms;
Subject: Valuable period insight
Subject: Useful but Flawed
"No fear need be entertained that the use of breechloaders will become general ; manufactures on false principles soon show themselves worthless, however pertinaciously they may be puffed off."
Note, the book was published in 1858, within a decade, England was adopting the Snider Breechloader for its military arm, and the Spencer and Henry repeaters had demonstrated their value in the American Civil War.
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